By Jacquelyn Ardam

Jacquelyn Ardam usually writes about alphabet books.

  1. The Gore Vidal collection at Harvard is substantial; it includes 394 cartons of material that take up 367 linear feet. The library also holds a 1-carton archive of James Trimble III. Just a few minutes with the Trimble archive made it clear that it was not complied by Vidal, or by anyone who knew Vidal or Jimmie, but by an outsider, whom I will call Roger.

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  2. Jacquelyn Ardam's previous work for The Toast can be found here. Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy is by Carolyn Burke, and a jolly good read.

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    1. "She was dividing her time between her psychoanalyst and her love affairs." (5)

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  3. PROS: 1. Your bookshelves will be truly and undeniably beautiful. (See image). 2. The process of color-coding your bookshelves will take many enjoyable hours, in which you will find yourself faced with questions that are at once banal and delightful. Will you employ a ROY G BIV scheme? If so, where will you put your black books? Your white books? Your beige? Do the bright orange-spined Penguins look best clumped together or evenly- distributed throughout…

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